Director of Finance & Accounting
We have been retained by an exciting & growing $150M+ eCommerce business based in the Midwest to identify their top finance leader (Director of Finance & Accounting), reporting to the CEO.
This organization is one of the hidden gems culture/team-wise in the Midwest; we placed their first Software Architect there over 10 years ago, and he is still there and loving it! Our client has been around for over 20 years, and employs more than 150 people at their headquarters near St. Paul, MN. If you enjoy big enterprise environments with a ton of process, red tape, and large teams, don’t apply for this job:
This is a build role; the organization just moved to GAAP recently, they don’t have much in the way of forecasts or models, and thus the CEO is really looking for this person take this function to a whole new level. This person will manage a small team of soon-to-be 2 accountants (1 today), and will advise the CEO on growth plans moving forward (both for this team and the organization).
The owners of this company started the company in college out of their dorm room, and have since been featured in the Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs in publications across the country. They’ve seen 30-35% growth every year since the company’s inception. And yet, this is a company you have NEVER heard of.
*** This is a primarily REMOTE role. Our client would love if the Director could get to the St. Paul, MN area once or twice a week to participate in meetings, but it isn’t required. They offer a strong base salary, in addition to a competitive annual bonus. ***
*** This is a full-time, permanent position. Our client does not sponsor visas at this time. ***
- Leading new finance department: lead the enhancement of the finance function to convert to GAAP, stronger accounting system and team. - Financial Reporting: Prepare accurate and timely financial statements, including balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements. Analyze financial data and present key findings to senior management. - Budgeting and Forecasting: Collaborate with various departments to create annual budgets and forecasts. Monitor and analyze budget performance, identifying areas of improvement and potential risks. - Financial Analysis: Conduct financial analysis, including variance analysis, trend analysis, and financial modeling, to support business planning and decision-making processes. - Internal Controls: Establish and maintain robust internal control processes to safeguard company assets and ensure compliance with accounting principles and regulations. - Inventory Management: Collaborate with operations and procurement teams to optimize inventory levels, monitor inventory valuation, and implement effective inventory control measures. - External Relationships: Liaise with external auditors, tax advisors, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance with statutory reporting requirements and tax regulations. - Process Improvement: Identify opportunities for process improvement within the finance function, implementing streamlined processes and leveraging technology to enhance efficiency and accuracy.
Desired Skills and Experience
- Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field. A CPA (Certified Public Accountant) qualification is highly desirable. - Proven experience as a Controller, Director of Finance, or similar role in large inventory-based business (required) - Strong knowledge of accounting principles and practices, financial analysis, and financial reporting standards (e.g., GAAP). - Proficiency in financial management software (e.g., QuickBooks, MS Dynamics). - Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to interpret complex financial data and provide actionable recommendations. - Demonstrated leadership and team management abilities, with a track record of building and developing high-performing teams. - Solid understanding of internal controls and risk management practices. - Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and present financial information to non-financial stakeholders. - Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and tight deadlines. - High level of integrity, professionalism, and commitment to accuracy and attention to detail.
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